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With Few Wins in Congress, Republicans Agree on Need to Agree

With Few Wins in Congress, Republicans Agree on Need to Agree

Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, at the Capitol on Wednesday. He expressed a hope for more bipartisan legislation after the fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Trump’s Morning Targets: McConnell, Ryan, Obama and the Media

Trump’s Morning Targets: McConnell, Ryan, Obama and the Media

President Trump arrived at the White House on Wednesday.
Fair Game: Shut Down the Government, and This Time, Investors Will Care

Fair Game: Shut Down the Government, and This Time, Investors Will Care

If a government shutdown keeps Congress from meeting deadlines on the budget and the debt ceiling, investors may pay the price.
For Congress, Storm Adds Another Urgent Issue to a Full Plate

For Congress, Storm Adds Another Urgent Issue to a Full Plate

Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, on Monday at a temporary shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
As a Weary Texas Seeks Solace, Governor Says Property Damage May Exceed Katrina

As a Weary Texas Seeks Solace, Governor Says Property Damage May Exceed Katrina

Teresa Briceno is overcome with emotion during prayers for communities affected by the storm at Templo Aposento Alto / Life City Church Houston.
Shaken by Harvey, Congress May Try Something New: Bipartisanship

Shaken by Harvey, Congress May Try Something New: Bipartisanship

Congress will return to Washington on Tuesday after a monthlong summer recess.
News Analysis: Trump Faces Deal-Making Challenges as Congress Returns

News Analysis: Trump Faces Deal-Making Challenges as Congress Returns

President Trump boarded Air Force One on Sept. 2 in Lake Charles, La.
Trump Bypasses Republicans to Strike Deal on Debt Limit and Harvey Aid

Trump Bypasses Republicans to Strike Deal on Debt Limit and Harvey Aid

President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, spoke during a meeting with the congressional leadership in the Oval Office on Wednesday.
Ryan Says Trump Cut Deal With Democrats to Avoid Partisan Fight Over Hurricane Aid

Ryan Says Trump Cut Deal With Democrats to Avoid Partisan Fight Over Hurricane Aid

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he understood President Trump’s motivation for making a spending a deal with Democrats, but remained skeptical of the plan.
The Debt Ceiling: Why We Have It, and What Would Happen if It Died

The Debt Ceiling: Why We Have It, and What Would Happen if It Died

The debt limit was instituted in the early 20th century so the Treasury did not need to ask for permission each time it needed to issue bonds to pay bills.
On Washington: ‘The New Washington’: How Schumer’s Power Play Led to a Deal With Trump

On Washington: ‘The New Washington’: How Schumer’s Power Play Led to a Deal With Trump

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, speaking with President Trump in January at the White House.
On Washington: McConnell Says Democrats’ Glee on Debt Limit Deal Was Premature

On Washington: McConnell Says Democrats’ Glee on Debt Limit Deal Was Premature

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, on Capitol Hill Monday.
With Tax Cuts on the Table, Once-Mighty Deficit Hawks Hardly Chirp

With Tax Cuts on the Table, Once-Mighty Deficit Hawks Hardly Chirp

The Republican Study Committee, a group of about 150 conservatives in the House, and other deficit hawks usually malign increases to the national debt.
With Tax Cuts on the Table, Once-Mighty Deficit Hawks Hardly Chirp

With Tax Cuts on the Table, Once-Mighty Deficit Hawks Hardly Chirp

The Republican Study Committee, a group of about 150 conservatives in the House, and other deficit hawks usually malign increases to the national debt.
Fact Check: Trump Makes Puzzling Claim That Rising Stock Market Erases Debt

Fact Check: Trump Makes Puzzling Claim That Rising Stock Market Erases Debt

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this month. Gains in the market, which are pocketed by investors, do not directly reduce the federal debt, which is how much the government owes on
U.S. Budget Deficit Swells, Adding Wrinkle to G.O.P. Push for Tax Cut

U.S. Budget Deficit Swells, Adding Wrinkle to G.O.P. Push for Tax Cut

A Treasury Department report showed that the budget deficit for fiscal 2017 grew by $80 billion, to $666 billion, as federal spending eclipsed revenues and economic growth remained tepid.
Republicans Search for Proof Their Tax Plans Will Pay for Themselves

Republicans Search for Proof Their Tax Plans Will Pay for Themselves

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, delivering remarks on Capitol Hill last week before a meeting on the Senate tax plan.
DealBook: C.E.O. Deficit Fears Dissolve With the Prospect of Corporate Tax Cuts

DealBook: C.E.O. Deficit Fears Dissolve With the Prospect of Corporate Tax Cuts

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, supports a tax overhaul package that will reduce corporate taxes, even though it will increase the national debt by an estimated $1.5 trillion over the
DealBook: C.E.O. Deficit Fears Dissolve With the Prospect of Corporate Tax Cuts

DealBook: C.E.O. Deficit Fears Dissolve With the Prospect of Corporate Tax Cuts

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, supports a tax overhaul package that will reduce corporate taxes, even though it will increase the national debt by an estimated $1.5 trillion over the
News Analysis: Debt Concerns, Once a Core Republican Tenet, Take a Back Seat to Tax Cuts

News Analysis: Debt Concerns, Once a Core Republican Tenet, Take a Back Seat to Tax Cuts

Representative Paul D. Ryan, then the chairman of the House Budget Committee, and Jeff Sessions, then a senator from Alabama, railed against debt during a discussion of President Barack Obama’s budget